No Name-Calling Week Middle School (6-8) Lessons
Are you looking for lessons or activities to develop your school’s No Name-Calling Week? Look to the right and find a variety of lessons centered on teaching respect and inclusion. Anyone who wants to work towards eliminating harmful name-calling, harassment and bullying in their school can be a part of No Name-Calling Week, whether you are a teacher, student, guidance counselor, coach, librarian or bus driver. Let us know you're participating by registering here!
Are You Part of the In-Crowd? - Students think about the impact of group labels and social hierarchies on their sense of identity, self-esteem, and the way they socialize with others
Beauty is Skin Deep - Students learn about media literacy and examine media images for "attractiveness messages" that impact our attitudes and behavior towards others.
Blow the Whistle on Name-Calling - This lesson helps students develop a strategy for group self-monitoring of name-calling in the Physical Education class.
Bullying Op-Ed Piece - Students co-author an op-ed piece focused on ending name-calling and bullying in their school
Creating an Anti-Slur Policy - Students work collaboratively to develop an anti-slur policy for their classroom.
Don't Just Stand By - Students discuss what it means to be a bystander to bullying and brainstorm ways to intervene.
I Was Just Kidding - Student distinguish between good-natured teasing and bullying through discussion of fictional scenarios.
Instant Replay - Students discuss and practice safe and realistic responses to name-calling and bullying by role-playing fictional scenarios. They use the "instant replay" technique, in which they rehearse and retry responses to name-calling, and receive support from their peers.
Learning about Labels - Students explore the damage that applying labels on people based on stereotypes can have.
Name-Calling in Our School - Students are provided with the opportunity to objectively observe the way in which name-calling and other types of disrespectful language are used in school
Poetic Reactions - Students express their feelings regarding name-calling using an artistic form of poetry
Shirts of Empowerment - Students experience what it’s like to be labeled and as a result, develop empathy for those who others label.
Situation Recreation - Students reflect on a name‐calling experience.
Think Before You Act - Students begin by articulating their values regarding conduct toward others and fashioning their statements into a class "code of ethics." They look at why they sometimes stray from their values and participate in hurtful behavior when tempted or pressured
Using Literature as a Tool to End Name-Calling - Guided use of books to help solve problems.
We're All Different Alike - This lesson provides students an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be labeled.
What's in a Name - Students consider the extent to which name-calling is a part of their lives and the damage that can be done by the names they use so casually